Our Hot Water Tank is Giving Up?

We have a 40 gallon water tank that is slowly loosing the hot water. We have to adjust the taps during the shower so the hot water would lasts and runs a bit longer. I think the tank is almost 16 years old, but still looks good. Not sure if there is a sediment on the bottom or if I should try to drain it somehow. I lifted the \"Release Valve\" on \"Top\" and about gallon of dark dirty almost black water poured in to a container trough the house. More water came out clean on second try.
My question is: Would the \"Bottom check valve\" help if I drain the whole tank? Not sure if I should do that. I could shut off the pilot light and drain all the water? How else could I get more hot water back? What else can I check? ------------------------------------- MrGrey1
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responding to http://www.homeownershub.com/plumbing/Our-Hot-Water-Tank-is-Giving-Up-5768-.htm MrGrey1 wrote:
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I was hoping someone could help me with some hint as what to do, but it seems like no one works this forum. Also my email here is wrong here as well. Can someone reply to me to: snipped-for-privacy@shaw.ca please?
Thank you, Michael.

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